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Two Late Goals by Alex Morgan Lead U.S. Women’s National Team to 2-1 Victory Against New Zealand in Front of Sellout Crowd in Frisco, Texas

 
  • Morgan Tallies 88th-Minute Goal and Stoppage-Time Winner
  • Christie Rampone Earns 250th Cap, Just the Fourth Woman in History to Reach that Mark 
  • Up Next for U.S. WNT is the 2012 Algarve Cup in Portugal Where the Americans Will Face Denmark, Norway and Japan in Group Play

FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 11, 2012) – U.S. forward Alex Morgan tallied the tying and game-winning goals in the closing minutes as the U.S. Women’s National Team came from behind to defeat New Zealand 2-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 20,677 at FC Dallas Stadium.

Just minutes from losing a hard-fought match in which New Zealand proved to be an opponent with big heart and gritty intensity, the USA gave the home fans plenty to cheer about in a wild and dramatic final few minutes.

The U.S. had given up a goal on a poor back pass in the first few minutes of the second half – which proved to be the Kiwis only shot on goal in the game – and then spent the remainder of the match desperately pushing for an equalizer. In the 88th minute, second half substitution Megan Rapinoe crossed the ball from the right side and found Morgan at the far post. Morgan headed the ball down to the ground and her shot hit the inside of the left post and spun up into the goal. New Zealand goalkeeper Jenny Bindon grabbed the ball, but she was standing inside her goal, and the assistant referee did not hesitate to raise her flag, signaling that the ball had in fact crossed over the line.

With the momentum in their favor, the U.S. pushed for the game-winner and in the third minute of stoppage time, Morgan found the net once again on a header for her 16th career goal. With the final whistle just second from blowing, Rachel Buehler crossed from the left wing and Abby Wambach flicked the ball up in the air. Morgan jumped over a defender to win the header near the left post, sending her bouncing shot back off the right post with the perfect carom and into the net. Morgan was named But Light Woman of the Match with her two late tallies that are believed to be the latest goals scored by one player in a U.S. WNT game.

“It wasn’t meant to be like that; I had other expectations in the first half, but I’ll take the result any day,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “We made it really, really exciting. As Alex Morgan said after the game, ‘there’s something to be said about this team. We refuse to lose.’ We always want to win. We did some things tactically that I was really happy about - playing a 3-4-3 the last 12-14 minutes going for a goal. It’s a great attitude.”

The U.S. improved to 6-0-0 on the year and 8-1-0 against New Zealand. The USA has won its past eight matches against the Ferns.

The late-game heroics from Morgan offset the efforts of a determined New Zealand side that did not back down after gaining the lead early in the 49th minute. The Kiwis goal came off an ill-advised back pass from left back Kelley O’Hara, who looped a long ball back into the U.S. penalty area that second half substitute goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart could not get to before forward Hannah Wilkinson raced in to lift a shot over the onrushing ‘keeper and into the net. Barnhart, who was a planned substitution for Hope Solo to open the second half, saw her first action of 2012 and earned her 42nd career cap.

Solo extended her scoreless streak this year to 495 minutes but did not have to record a save in her 45 minutes of work.

The goal was the first goal allowed by the USA this year after outscoring its opponents 38-0 in five matches to win 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying and earn a berth for the 2012 London Olympics.

The USA tried to respond quickly following Wilkinson’s goal. In the 57th minute, second-half sub Amy Rodriguez – who played very well on the left wing during her 45 minutes – took the ball down the left flank and crossed through the box to U.S. right back Amy LePeilbet. LePeilbet sent the ball back into the middle and found Wambach, but her header went directly to Bindon.

In the 67th minute, Rapinoe got her head on a Lauren Cheney corner kick from the right side and put it on frame, but Bindon safely covered up the attempt and did not allow a rebound as Buehler crashed the goal.

The hectic finish might had been avoided had the U.S. scored early, and it had a golden chance to do so after just 10 minutes when Morgan was tripped up in the box on what might have been a last defender foul. Wambach took the subsequent penalty kick, but rolled her shot off the left post as Bindon dove right. New Zealand cleared out of danger before any U.S. player could follow up.

The Ferns escaped that early threat and found their first strong scoring opportunity in the 12th minute as the speedy Wilkinson got behind the USA’s pushed-up back line. U.S. defenders Buehler and Christie Rampone scrambled back, and just before they could get in Wilkinson’s path, she took a shot that went over Solo’s glove and also rose over the crossbar.

Next up for the U.S. WNT is the 2012 Algarve Cup in Portugal. The U.S. opens group play against Denmark on Feb. 29 at Municipal Stadium in Lagos, Portugal (12 p.m. kickoff).

Additional Match Notes:
• The USA piled up a 9-1 shots on goal, and a 19-7 overall shots advantage over New Zealand for the match.
• The sell-out crowd was the largest to watch the U.S. women on home soil in more than eight years.
• Center back and team captain Rampone earned her 250th career cap on Saturday becoming only the fourth U.S. player to reach that mark. Only Kristine Lilly (352), Mia Hamm (275) and Julie Foudy (271) have played in more matches with the U.S. WNT.
• With temperatures in the mid-30s at kickoff, it was one of the coldest matches the U.S. women have played in its history.

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. New Zealand
Date: Feb. 11, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: FC Dallas Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CT
Attendance: 20,677 (sell out)
Weather: Sunny, cold, 34 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         0 2 2
NZL                         0 1 1

NZL -- Hannah Wilkinson 49th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Megan Rapinoe) 88
USA – Alex Morgan (Abby Wambach) 90 + 3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Nicole Barnhart, 46); 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara (11-Sydney Leroux, 81); 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (15-Megan Rapinoe, 62), 12-Lauren Cheney (16-Lori Lindsey, 81); 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 17-Tobin Heath
Head coach: Pia Sundhage


NZL: 1-Jenny Bindon; 2-Ria Percival, 5-Abbey Erceg, 6-Rebecca Smith (capt.), 7-Ali Riley; 4-Katie Hoyle, 8-Hayley Moorwood (12-Betsy Hassett, 61), 11-Kirsty Yallop, 9-Amber Hearn, 10-Sarah Gregorius, 17-Hannah Wilkinson (13-Rosie White, 74)
Subs not used: 3-Anna Green, 14-Holly Patterson, 16-Annalie Longo, 19-Kristy Hill, 21-Erin Nayler
Head coach: Tony Readings


Statistical Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 19 / 7
Shots on Goal: 9 / 1
Saves: 0 / 7
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 12 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Shannon Boxx (caution) 78th minute

Officials
Referee: Moo Hackett (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Perez (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jennifer Jones (USA)
Fourth Official: Juliana Duncan (USA)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

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- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. New Zealand
Date: Feb. 11, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: FC Dallas Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CT
Attendance: 20,677 (sell out)
Weather: Sunny, cold, 34 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         0 2 2
NZL                         0 1 1

NZL - Hannah Wilkinson 49th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Megan Rapinoe) 88
USA – Alex Morgan (Abby Wambach) 90 + 3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Nicole Barnhart, 46); 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara (11-Sydney Leroux, 81); 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (15-Megan Rapinoe, 62), 12-Lauren Cheney (16-Lori Lindsey, 81); 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 17-Tobin Heath
Head coach: Pia Sundhage


NZL: 1-Jenny Bindon; 2-Ria Percival, 5-Abbey Erceg, 6-Rebecca Smith (capt.), 7-Ali Riley; 4-Katie Hoyle, 8-Hayley Moorwood (12-Betsy Hassett, 61), 11-Kirsty Yallop, 9-Amber Hearn, 10-Sarah Gregorius, 17-Hannah Wilkinson (13-Rosie White, 74)
Subs not used: 3-Anna Green, 14-Holly Patterson, 16-Annalie Longo, 19-Kristy Hill, 21-Erin Nayler
Head coach: Tony Readings


Statistical Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 19 / 7
Shots on Goal: 9 / 1
Saves: 0 / 7
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 12 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Shannon Boxx (caution) 78th minute

Officials
Referee: Moo Hackett (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Perez (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jennifer Jones (USA)
Fourth Official: Juliana Duncan (USA)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

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The MNT will return to action in 2018 when the team hosts Boznia and Herzegovina for a friendly match on Jan. 28 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. PT, and the match with be broadcast on FS1, UniMas and UDN.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Weston McKennie (C.J. Sapong), 21st minute: Making a run down the left sideline, C.J. Sapong played the ball past two defenders inside to McKennie, streaking towards the net. He maneuvered past one more Portuguese defender, took a few steps to settle the ball and cleverly wrong-footed the ‘keeper to slot him at the near post. USA 1, POR 0 [WATCH]

POR – Antunes (Bruno Fernandes), 31st minute: Building up beginning with the ‘keeper, Portugal was methodical in the final third, patiently making moves before sending a long cross from the right to the left side. Upon receiving the booming pass, Antunes volleyed a shot towards the goal from outside the box, where it slipped through the hands of U.S. goalkeeper Ethan Horvath. USA 1, POR 1 FINAL

Key Saves:
USA – Ethan Horvath, 39th minute: After a save, Horvath played a ball to the field, where Danilo Pereira beat Kellyn Acosta to the ball. Running full speed, he blasted a shot at Horvath, who stayed in front and took it in to his chest.

USA – Ethan Horvath, 45th minute: As Bruma made a dangerous run to the net, Horvath came out to play the ball, diving in front of the attacker’s feet to push the ball away and stop a dangerous opportunity for the Portuguese.

POR – Beto, 52nd minute: Receiving a pass from Eric Lichaj at the 18, Cameron Carter Vickers sprinted towards the end line and sent an on-target cross to Tyler Adams at the far post. Beto dove and got one hand on the ball, just enough to pat it out-of-bounds and maintain the deadlock.

POR – Beto, 71st minute: Lynden Gooch played the ball into the box after a USA free kick, finding Carter-Vickers positioned at the far post. Standing a step away from the goal line, he attempted to trap the ball with his chest, but Beto got a foot in to boot away the goalscoring opportunity.

USA – Bill Hamid, 77th minute: Antunes launched another booming shot from outside the top right corner of the penalty area and Hamid made an athletic play to leap up and deflect the shot upwards. He finished the play and snagged the ball on its way down to preserve the draw.

NOTES

  • Weston McKennie scored his first goal in his first cap. At 19-years-old, he becomes the third-youngest U.S. player to achieve that feat in the modern era, behind Juan Agudelo and Landon Donovan.
  • CJ Sapong picked up his first assist in his third international appearance.
  • A total of three U.S. players earned their first cap. Midfielders Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie both got the start, while Cameron Carter-Vickers made his debut from the bench when he entered at halftime.
  • Adams (18 years, 273 days) becomes the first player born in 1999 to appear for the MNT and is the second youngest to earn a cap in 2017 after Christian Pulisic (18 years, 187 days on March 24, 2017 vs. Honduras).
  • The MNT started two teenagers (Adams, Mckennie) for the first time since 1988, a span of 29 years.
  • Ten players who took the field for the U.S. tonight were age 24 or younger: (24) Juan Agudelo, John Brooks, DeAndre Yedlin; (22) Kellyn Acosta, Ethan Horvath, Matt Miazga; (21) Lynden Gooch; (19) Cameron Carter-Vickers, Weston McKennie; (18) Tyler Adams.
  • Seven of the USA’s starting XI are products of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy: Adams, Agudelo and Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Acosta and McKennie (FC Dallas), Horvath (Real Colorado), Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC).
  • Veteran Danny Williams captained the side for the first time tonight and earned his first MNT appearance since a 1-1 draw with New Zealand on Oct. 11, 2016.
  • Starting at right back, DeAndre Yedlin will finish 2017 one cap shy of the half-century mark.
  • Partnering with fellow FC Dallas product McKennie in central midfield, Kellyn Acosta led all players in the starting XI by making his 13th appearance of 2017.
  • The centerback partnership of Miazga and Carter-Vickers in the second half was a reprisal of the duo’s role at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • Following a series of injuries, John Brooks returned to the U.S. lineup for the first time since June 8, 2017.
  • Acosta, Miazga, Sapong, Horvath, Adams and McKennie all made their first MNT appearances on European soil.
  • Since first meeting in 1978, the USA and Portugal are an even 2-2-3 all-time.
  • The MNT is 0-2-2 all-time against A Seleçao on Portuguese soil.
  • The U.S. finished 2017 with a record of 10-2-7.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Portugal 
Date: Nov. 14, 2017 
Competition: International Friendly 
Venue: Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa; Leiria, Portugal
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local) 
Attendance: 19,017 
Weather: 45 degrees; partly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F 
USA                          1 0 1
POR                         1 0 1

USA – Weston McKennie (CJ Sapong)                        21st minute
POR – Vitorino Antunes (Bruno Fernandes)                31

Lineups: 
USA: 1-Ethan Horvath (12-Bill Hamid, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Matt Miazga, 6-John Brooks (16-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 46), 15-Eric Lichaj (21-Jorge Villafaña, 59); 19-Danny Williams (capt.); 4-Tyler Adams, 8-Weston McKennie (11-Alejandro Bedoya, 84), 23-Kellyn Acosta, 17-Juan Agudelo (20-Lynden Gooch, 59); 18-CJ Sapong (14-Dom Dwyer, 77)
Subs not used: 22-Jesse Gonzalez, 5-Tim Ream, 7-Kelyn Rowe
Head coach: Dave Sarachan

POR: 22-António Pimparel; 2-Nelson Semedo, 3-Pepe (4-Luis Neto, 10), 24-Ricardo Ferreira, 5-Vitorino Antunes; 8-Bruno Fernandes (10-João Eduardo, 46), 13-Danilo Pereira (6-Ruben Neves, 62); 14-Manuel Fernandes, 17-Bruma (11-Bernardo Silva, 62), 18-Gelson Martins (19-Gonçalo Paciência, 46); 7-Gonçalo Guedes (16-Marcos Lopes, 81)
Subs not used: 1-José Sá, 9-André Silva, 12-Anthony Lopes, 15-Idgar Ié, 20-Kevin Rodrigues, 21-Ricardo Pereira, 23-João Cancelo
Head coach: Fernando Santos

Stats Summary: USA / POR 
Shots: 9 / 13 
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6 
Saves: 5 / 4 
Corner Kicks: 4 / 8 
Fouls: 20 / 18 
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary: 
None

Officials: 
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
4th Official: Andre Marriner (ENG)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Weston McKennie

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